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MEDIA ADVISORY: U.S. EPA, Partners to Hold Symposium on Mosquito-Borne Diseases along U.S.-Mexico Border

Public invited to attend, learn about environmental, health issues

Contact Information: 
Soledad Calvino (calvino.maria@epa.gov)

LOS ANGELES -- A binational symposium exploring climate and the spread of vector-borne diseases such as Zika, dengue, and chikungunya viruses will be held September 27 in Mexicali, B.C., Mexico. The symposium is free and will offer strategies for protecting the communities located within the California/Baja California and Arizona/Sonora regions.

Sessions will focus on the clinical aspects, diagnosis, and treatment of Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya viruses; methods for vector control and personal protection against mosquito bites; and resources for messaging campaigns. Goals for the symposium include:

  • Increasing knowledge of vector-borne health risks in the U.S.-Mexico border region;
  • Increasing the capacity of healthcare professionals, public health practitioners, environmental professionals, promotores, and the public to address or mitigate vector-borne health issues; and
  • Facilitating networking and knowledge-sharing to promote collaboration across disciplines to resolve vector-borne diseases.

Who:               Representatives from the host agencies:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The Autonomous University of Baja California
The Health Secretariat of Baja California State (ISESALUD)
California Department of Public Health
Secretariat for Environment & Natural Resources (SEMARNAT)
Secretariat of Environmental Protection for Baja California (SPA)
University of California--Los Angeles
The National Center of Preventive Programs and Diseases Control (CENAPRECE)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission
San Diego County Department of Public Health, the Sonoran Institute
Border Environment Cooperation Commission
National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change (INECC)

What:              Binational Symposium: Exploring Health and Environmental Aspects of Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya Viruses

When:             September 27, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Media availability starts at 8:00 a.m.

Where:            Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Facultad de Medicina Mexicali,
Av Claridad s/n, Colonia Plutarco Ellías Calle, 21010 Mexicali, B.C., Mexico

For more information on the Binational Symposium as well as the meeting agenda, please visit: https://www.epa.gov/border2020/binational-symposium-simposio-binacional-mexicali-baja-california-27-sept-2016